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College of Architecture, Planning and Design

Judy O'Buck Gordon

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1109 Seaton Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
T: (785) 532-5953






Judy O’Buck Gordon is a Licensed Architect, LEED®AP and Assistant Professor of Architecture at Kansas State University. Gordon teaches a large lecture class, Building Construction Systems in Architecture 1, seminars with a focus on praxis and architectural detailing and design studios. She has also taught at Georgia Institute of Technology, Southern Polytechnic State University, and New York Institute of Technology. Her teaching, research and writing addresses questions of architectural tectonics, materials, and making, with an emphasis on critical thinking. She has presented papers on her research regarding teaching pedagogy, particularly creative thinking and the spatial tectonics of the Gipsoteca Canoviana Addition, Possagno, Italy, by Carlo Scarpa at national and international conferences.

Gordon received a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. While at Miami University, Gordon studied at the Architectural Association, London, United Kingdom. At Columbia University, she was awarded The Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Prize for Outstanding Thesis.

While in practice in New York City, Gordon worked with Aldo Rossi: Studio di Architettura and was responsible for schematic and design documents for the renovation and new construction for The School of Architecture at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida and the schematic design for several buildings at Centro Torre, Gifu, Japan. She also worked with Swanke Hayden Connell Architects Inc. and was responsible for projects with Coopers & Lybrand; Smith Barney; B’nai Jeshurun Synagogue; Lubin House, Syracuse University, and McBurney YMCA. She was an architect with Kohn Pederson Fox Conway Associates, Inc. and worked on the Palmer Residence and Estate, Edwards, Mississippi; Sony Music Corporation and the lobby renovation at 477 Madison Avenue, which received a Tucker Design Award from the Building Stone Institute. In private practice in Atlanta, Gordon worked on projects for The Coca-Cola Company, Good Shepard Community Church, Spa and Restaurant at Baltimore Row, Kozmo Gastro Pub and on several residences.

Gordon has served as a peer reviewer for several book proposals and as an invited lecturer at the Ecole d'Ingénieur Polytechnique Feminine (EPF), Sceaux, France. She has also contributed a chapter for the book, Promoting Creative Thinking in Beginning Design Studios, edited by Stephen A. Temple (forthcoming 2018, Routledge). She has also served as a guest critic at the University of Arkansas, Ball State University, Kansas University, Auburn University, Clemson University, Southern Polytechnic State University and Columbia University.